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Root and Foundation

December 2023 - December 2024

Domestication and colonization have inseparable patriarchal ties. The excavator/extractivist approach, which exploits women, nature or labor, reshapes earth and life. In contrast, Veronica Gago's body-geography, as a field of struggle, is based on bodies experienced as geographical regions and geographical regions experienced as bodies. Like the inseparability of the human body from nature, no body is alone; it is established with kinships rather than human beings and contains within it all the knowledge of the geography to which it belongs. The Root and Foundation project focuses on these corporealities and traces the different forms in which the concept of body-geography comes to life. The visual narrative begins with a woman’s story and explores multiple temporalities that continue in or are interrupted by the land where she was born. In doing so, it connects to different ways of existence and adds each one to the other with patches.

Eda Gecikmez

Eda Gecikmez (b. 1984, Istanbul) explores bodies and spaces that are shaped, fragmented and reproduced through various agents, starting from media such as painting, drawing, collage, and performance. It uses a visual language that feeds on feminist and surrealist tradition and traces the relationships formed between historical, textual, everyday, mythical and political without distinguishing between them. Gecikmez graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Department of Painting in 2010. During her undergraduate studies, she studied for a year at the San Carlos Faculty of Fine Arts of Polytechnic University, Valencia, Spain. She attended visiting artist programs, including Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy; Kultivera, Tranås, Sweden in 2015 and ISCP, New York, USA in 2023. In 2016-2017, she completed the Home Workspace Art Education Program organized by Ashkal Alwan Plastic Arts Association in Beirut, Lebanon. In 2019, she received her Master's degree in Art and Design from Yıldız Technical University, Institute of Social Sciences. Continuing the Doctor of Art Program at Hacettepe University Fine Arts Institute Painting Department, Gecikmez lives and works in Istanbul and Ankara.

This page is published on 8 December 2023.